NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana corporations are filing a lawsuit Thursday to block a proposed statewide ban on fracking, the latest in a series of victories in the fight to protect the state’s water supply.
Louisiana’s Attorney General Scott Aquilino said in a statement that the state would “continue to defend Louisiana’s environment, water and air and the rights of the people to live, breathe and breathe clean and healthy.”
The lawsuit is the latest effort by the state and some other states to halt the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing.
It is the result of a nationwide push to ban fracking by more than 60 states, including New York, California and several other states.
The companies, led by the United States Chamber of Commerce, contend the drilling process contaminates drinking water and creates jobs.
They also claim fracking has a negative impact on the state economy.
The new lawsuit seeks a declaration that the fracking ban violates the Louisiana Constitution.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge, where Aquilinos office is located.